The Blues have drawn their last three matches and sit six points below Arsenal ahead of their game in hand with Aston Villa tonight. But Guardiola is pleased with his side&aposs progress and has faith in his treble winners going the distance once again.
It underlines the calmness and the confidence of a manager and a club who have proved more than anyone in recent seasons that they play the long game. City started last term slowly but picked up speed in the second half of the campaign to end with three trophies.
“My feeling today is we&aposre going to win the Premier League,” said Guardiola. “If we play at the levels that we showed against Liverpool and Tottenham, we&aposre going to win it again.
“People don&apost believe it already after three draws but we feel we&aposre going to do it again, knowing that it is not easy because no team has done it yet [won four in a row]. The difficulty is there and was last season but, if you ask me today what I&aposm feeling, we&aposre going to do it again.”
There&aposs certainly no panic at the Etihad and the contrast to the chaos of Manchester United just now is stark. The Reds lurch from one headline to another, whether it&aposs poor performances, the manager arguing with the starting striker or banning journalists from press conferences.
While City are a well-oiled machine, United are disjointed. They are struggling in the league and on the brink of a Champions League exit. The past decade has seen countless managers all failing to bring the Reds back to the top table.
It&aposs where City dine regularly. They serenely sauntered through their Champions League group and while they suffered an early exit from the Carabao Cup, you&aposd be a brave man to bet against them securing at least one piece of silverware this term.
Off the pitch, despite the FFP charges hanging over the club, Guardiola and the recruitment team are able to add and refresh seemingly with ease. Jeremy Doku and Josko Gvardiol arrived in the summer and have slotted in seamlessly with none of the questions being posed at the new arrivals on the other side of the city.
City outclassed United in this season&aposs derby, having smashed six past the same opponents last season. They finished 14 points ahead of them in the league last term and could quite easily widen the gap this term.